Leading government research into public health backs 20mph limits

 photo The National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends 20mph limits to improve public health

A new report from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), 'Preventing unintentional injuries among under-15s', recommends strictly enforced residential 20mph speed limits.

NICE is an important NHS advisory body.

Best known for deciding which drugs doctors can prescribe, the organisation also also makes research-based recommendations to promote public health.

The NICE report says signage, road design and engineering should be used to reduce vehicle speeds on roads where children and young people are likely to be, such as those near playgrounds or schools, residential roads, or where pedestrian and cyclist journeys are frequent.

Read the full report here.

NICE is the latest medical body to back 20mph speed limits, which are widespread on the continent in residential areas, and have been shown to reduce injuries in Greater London by over 40%.

Rod King of campaign group 20's Plenty said: "With the NHS bearing the main costs of unnecessary road death and injury this is a necessary call to action to clean up the way we share our streets.

"Lower speed limits are widespread throughout Europe and are increasingly seen as a moral and financial imperative if our urban and residential roads are to be safe and pleasant places to walk, cycle or drive."